Issue Position: Seniors

Issue Position

By: Tim Ryan
By: Tim Ryan
Date: Jan. 1, 2018
Issues: Senior Citizens

Medicare and Social Security represent a promise to America's seniors and future retirees -- that after a lifetime of hard work, they can retire with dignity and financial security. Retired Americans have paid into these earned benefits their whole working lives, and Tim believes we owe it to them to protect that promise and preserve Social Security and Medicare for future generations.

For years, House Speaker Paul Ryan has pushed a reckless plan to privatize and dismantle Medicare. Under the GOP plan, Medicare would be replaced with vouchers or "premium support." This would end Medicare as we know it, and leave those seniors who cannot afford insurance through vouchers completely uninsured. Tim understands that this would be a disaster for America's seniors and opposes the GOP plan to privatize Medicare.

Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, President Trump promised to protect Social Security and Medicare. Despite these promises, he appointed a cabinet that shares Speaker Ryan's ambitions to cut Social Security and privatize Medicare in the name of "entitlement reform." While it remains to be seen whether President Trump will side with Seniors or his fellow Republicans, Tim will continue to hold President Trump accountable for his promise.
Taking action on Seniors' Issues

Tim has consistently voted against Republican plans to cut, privatize, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare.
In 2016, Tim voted no on government funding bills that failed to protect the pensions of Ohio coal miners and members of the Central States Pensions Plan.